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a new start with congress over the debt. >>> embattled former cia director david petraeus testifies privately on capitol hill, insisting his resignation had nothing to do with the botched response to the attack in libya. all of this as we are still getting a daily dose of unpleasant details about general petraeus's affair with paula broadwell, and the role that florida socialite jill kelly played in the drama. >>> and the clash in benghazi heats up as charges that the u.n. secretary misled the country about the attack on "meet the press" and other programs. >> our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. >> now sparking a war of words with the president, senators are threatening to block her potential nomination as secretary of state. >> the reason i don't trust her is because i think she knew better, and if she didn't know better, she shouldn't be the voice of america. >> senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> we'll
that david petraeus of course who resigned as the director of cia last week amid the sex scandal. he gave testimony behind closed doors to both the house and senate intelligence committees yesterday. afterwards members intimated that petraeus after the attacks in benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four including the ambassador, there were terrorist elements involved, this was some sort of coordinated attack. the question has become what changed. did the white house or the state department go in and change those assessments, make them more palatable, de-emphasize the terrorist nature of that. today a senior official aboard air force one said absolutely not. basically they said it's only natural that in the days after the attack the intel committee would quote sort through different pieces of intelligence. the official asserts those adjustments made by the intel community to assessments and talking points are quote unquote common and the quote unquote natural progression as the situation unfolded more information became out. the white house said twice they were very clear on this the o
: that's right. this is a group of officials from the cia including the acting cia director, mr. clapper and others from the state department have been going around. they had a very long meeting on the house side for the house intelligence committee this morning. by the way, this is the one that general petraeus was supposed to be doing coming back after congress was gone and really giving them the details that they have about what happened in benghazi, why the intelligence community may have not had the correct initial information about what happened there and what they know now. that briefing on the senate side is going on as we speak. and as i mentioned, we're going to hear from the chairwoman in the ranking republican. what we do know is that they are seeing a video that was obtained from the consulate. it was a closed circuit video that intelligence officials are hoping will shed light on what really happened and why the information they had at the time may not be what it turned out to be in the end. >> dana, thanks very much. we'll have much more on this part of the story coming up
which he gifted us with yesterday and general petraeus, the c.i.a. had no idea when he said i wanted to tap that, he meant something completely different. let's go to lisa ferguson for a current news update. >> hey john. always good to have you on the show. good morning everyone. the president is dealing with the aftermath of hurricane sandy today. he heads to new york this morning to look at the damage and to thank first responders who risked their lives last month. later this evening president obama will host the cast and crew of the movie "lincoln" for a screening at the white house. he is coming off a very important news conference yesterday. not only was this the first since his re-election, it was also the first he's held in eight months. several reporters did want to talk about the general petraeus scandal, of course but the president fortunately did get to spend a lot of time on the fiscal cliff which is what he was hoping for. while left room for a compromise by not taking a hard, red line on taxes
was use talking points, pulled out originally by the cia signed off by the intelligence community, those were requested by the house committee. the intelligence committee sign off of it. the key was there were unclassified talking points at an early stage. i do not think she should be pelerine for this. she did what i would have done or anybody else would have done that was going on a weekend show. you would have said what talking points can i use? you get an unclassified version. i just remember -- i just read it to the committee what i was going to tell you and questions asked. to be sure it did not violate our rules. this particularly is for people in public office because you are used to answering questions candidly to have to be restricted to what is unclassified. is very difficult for your >> did he talk about his resignation? >> [indiscernible] >> i think it is making a very divisive -- we have seen wrong intelligence before. it all surrounded our going into iraq. a lot of people were killed based on bad intelligence. i do not think that is fair game. i think mistakes get made. th
, that there are no unanswered questions. the senators saying this morning the acting c.i.a. director morell told them the al-qaeda references were dropped in the c.i.a. talking points at the request of the f.b.i. because the bureau did not want to compromise an ongoing criminal investigation. but late this afternoon, c.i.a. officials called to correct the record, that it was actually them. rice met with senator joe lieberman who asked if she was coached by the add f before her talk hoe appearances. >> she said no, she was not given messaging points at all by the white house prior to her appearance on those sound morning shows. >> so the meeting today did not settle the matter. it certainly is not as far as these republicans are concerned. >> shepard: what's the response from the administration? >> in that written statement, rice who was joined by the acting c.i.a. director on the hill, said, quote, we explained the talking points provided by the intelligence community and the initial assessment upon which they were based were incorrect in the key respect there was no protest or demonstration in benghazi. al
community. they have a safe house in bengha benghazi, cia safe house, that apparently the location of it and the fact that it is there is unknown to large elements of the existing diplomatic community in libya at the time, unknown, or it's known to very few people. and it's quite well removed from the consulate. so that's one thing. the other thing that you hear from people in washington is -- and this has nothing to do with susan rice's credentials or the attack on her by senators graham and mccain -- why was she put out there on these sunday shows? why was it susan race, the united nations ambassador, who had very little to do with the event itself other than reading the paper or reading diplomatic reports about it, why was she the one that was put out there? >> for that exact reason. >> it was during -- it was during the course of a presidential campaign. so put the u.n. ambassador out there because, you know -- >> yeah. >> -- you know, she will not get caught up in the campaign. they won't go after her in the course of the campaign. >> and what we saw, based on yesterday's pres
today having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice, because it is certainly clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to all khyber were involved in the attack on the embassy and clearly the impression that was given of the information given to the american people is wrong. -- we knew that those with ties to al qaeda were involved. they knew by the 22nd that the information given to them was wrong, yet they have not cleared that up with the american people to date in saying they were wrong, including the president of the united states. host: the new hampshire senator went on to say she will block any clinton's successor, because she wants more information about the benghazi attacks. what is next on that front? since an individual senator can put a hold on a nomination. that could prevent this from going forward. we have seen this in previous cases. if we saw this in the bush and administration would john bolton. we have seen it in a couple of cases in the obama administration where nominee for a high government post was held up for a long time. it
-- >> i'm more troubled today. having met with the acting director of the c.i.a. and ambassador rice, the information given to the american people was wrong. >> bill: more verbal warfare breaks out over the assassination of the libyan ambassador on 9-11. three senators met with u.n. ambassador rice today and it did not go well. we'll have a full report with charles krauthammer. >> for those that are not christian, it's a difficult time when the state or the government is soring the religion. >> bill: more christmas chaos in rhode island. why does secular progressives continue to try to diminish this federal holiday? we'll trio answer that question tonight. ♪ . >> bill: what the heck is this? some south korean guy bopping around has now become the most popular video in history. dr. keith ablow will try to explain it. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. "the factor" begins right now. hi. i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. we'll have the talking points memo in our next segment. it's more christmas chaos as the holiday is again under attack this year. firs
: and now the top people responsible for our defense, first, general petraeus resigning as head the c.i.a. amid scandal. there could also be big changes at the pentagon. as well at state department. whoever the president chooses, it could impact, for example, the use of armed drones taking out al qaeda overseas. and lots of other security matters. and now, a fox news contributeor and pollster joining us, and former senior advisor to senator john mccain. the use of the unmanned drones to take out terrorists who want to murder americans, on its face it should be a no-brainer but national security appears to be politicized. >> that is right. to their credit the obama administration in the days up to the election were trying to codify the rules and regulations for making those difficult decisions. however, we are alonging at the possibility of massive defense cuts. we have new personnel, as you suggested, coming in potentially to state, defense, and c.i.a., and we have our whole national security apparatus being overhauled at a time when we are in great peril as reporting from the middle east
. >>> to the hill, former cia director david petraeus agrees to testify this week before congress about the deadly attack in benghazi as new details emerge about the e-mails that led to his resignation. >>> this morning, senator john mccain weighs in on it all. >>> and guy's new restaurant gets one of the harshest reviews ever written. a drink that tastes like radiator fuel, guy fights back in a live interview today, thursday, november 15th, 2012. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning, i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. we'll talk about major breaking news in a minute. but the review you talked about about guy fieri's restaurant, i have never read a review like this. and a lot of people are wondering, is this fair? the kind of review that should be written? or did this go across some kind of a line? >> yeah, use whatever word you want to use, roasted, fileted, skewered. when the review starts out guy fieri, have you eaten at your new restaurant in time square? we look forward to a response. >> looking forward to what he has to say. >>> also a developing story in
of the woman at the center of the scandal that forced the resignation of cia director david petraeus. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the obama administration's latest attempt to explain the misleading information given out in the days after the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. four americans including the u.s. ambassador to libya died in what we now know was a terrorist attack. but that isn't what the u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice said when she went on national television five days after the attack. today rice is up on capitol hill. she's explaining what happened and some big-name republicans clearly are not very happy with her answers. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is following what's become a pretty long day -- a tiring day for the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. what's the latest, dana? >> reporter: wolf, the three republican senators who had vowed to block susan rice from being secretary of state if the president nominates her had really softened the rhetoric in recent days. i'm told the r
came directly from the cia. same true of condoleeza rice who passed on incorrect cia information on wmd in iraq but was confirmed as secretary of state. susan rice is closer to the president than anybody in his cabinet and has been over achiever for most of her life. high school valedictorian basketball star rhodes scholar rising star in the clinton administration but also has reputation for blunt talk. >> by all accounts she is talented. capable. the and extremely brisk. >>reporter: she ridiculed hillary clinton foreign policy experience and called john mccain reckless and confused. >> if the president does nominate her those who know her well say she's more than up for the fight. although it would be a bruising confirmation battle she almost certainly would have the votes to be confirmed. this is abc news washington. >>reporter: oregon mother is drawing national attention for giving her 7-year-old daughter medicine marijuana t.she was diagnosed with law chemoia in july. after rupd of chemo doctors said she might need a bone marrow transplant. mother decided to give her about
the libya attack was wrong but that the information came directly from the cia. same is true of condoleezza rice who passed on incorrect cia information on weapons of mass destruction in iraq, but was still overwhelmingly confirmed as secretary of state. susan rice is closer to the president than anybody in his cabinet and has been an overachiever for most of her life. high school valedictorian, basketball star, rhodes scholar, rising star in the clinton administration, but she also has a reputation for blunt talk. >> by all accounts, she is talented, capable, and extremely abrasive. >> reporter: in the 2008 campaign she ridiculed hillary clinton's foreign policy experience and called john mccain reckless and confused. if the president does nominate her, those who know susan rice well say she's more than up for the fight, and although it would be a bruising confirmation battle, she almost certainly would have the votes to be confirmed. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >>> interesting parallel that story points out between condoleezza, confirmation process, and this one. "the washington
. david petraeus, the former head of the cia testified on capitol hill, on friday. and, look, there are a lot of questions after what petraeus told congress because we still don't know why exactly the talking points were changed. he said on friday that he knew it was terrorism from the very start. why then did the administration continue to push the agenda that it was regarding a spontaneous protest. >> his testimony even raised more questions than it provided answers. >> i think you are right. >> he said it was obviously it was terrorism. this is a closed door meeting. so we are relying on people who were inside the room to test as to what he said. what's funny is some of them all have different impressions of what he said. he said, according to them, i knew it was terrorism, in fact, the original report said it was ansar al sharia, this affiliate of al qaeda. but they said, i don't remember him saying that on september 14th. he said it was the video. i don't recall him saying it was ansar al sharia. >> it changed. they had talking points. who then chapghtd it. different int
.d in the riraq the real cia scandal of my line is we endorsed torture as a national policy, yet no one will ever be brought to account for that as far as we could see. the fbi should be investigating torture rather than american love affairs. this is something that really struck me. we have had to once of controversy about libya and what happened there. what happened there was bad. it was bad. four americans were killed. hundreds of security contractors were killed in iraq. i have written two books on iraq and i have never been able to figure out an exact number. the answer is no one cares and no one seems to kill stair. -- still. the official tally leaves out at least 57 incidents that we know about. the tally is quite suspect. this puts aside the foreign security contractors, south africans, costa ricans. there seems to be no tally of this at all and nobody cares. i have got to wonder how much of the mess in benghazi is simply fueled by fox news, poisoning the american bloodstream. it really bothers me. i compare that to the total carelessness about the deaths of security contractors in iraq.
with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice because it certainly is clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to al qaeda were involved in the attack on the ambassador and clearly, the impression that was given, the information given to the american people, was wrong. in fact, ambassador rice said today, absolutely it was wrong. i don't understand the cia clearly that that information was wrong, and they knew by the 22nd it was wrong. yet, they've not cleared that up with the american people to date and have come forward and said it was wrong, including the president of the united states also parroting and talking about this is reaction to a video, the attacks in benghazi. and what troubles me also is that the -- obviously the changes made to the unclassified talking points were misleading but just to be clear, when you have a position when you are ambassador to the united states, you go well beyond unclassified talking points in your daily preparation responsibilities for that job and that's troubling to me as well, why she wouldn't have said -- it's not just the ta
since last friday when general petraeus appeared behind closed doors and he said we knew at the c.i.a. immediately it was terrorism and it said al-qaeda in the official c.i.a. talking points. but after it left our hands, we don't know exactly who changed the talking points. brian, that's what everybody in washington has been trying to figure out, who, who, who did it? >> brian: the national intelligence director, james clapper, the same who went up to general petraeus and said, i really suggest you resign, says it was my office. he said that because the al-qaeda mentions by the c.i.a. in his mind, were tenuous and too tenuous to publicize, so cbs learned and we have confirmed, that we decided to tell congress that -- or susan rice a different story. >> alisyn: this is curious because the committee that's investigating this and the house said that they tonight remember that. in fact, that is quite opposite from what was testified to previously about who knew what when. so congressman mike rogers, who is the chairman of the committee said he finds this story officially, basically, out o
and the director of the c.i.a. and the grand conspiracy to do what? >> stephanie: which involved eric cantor apparently. it is quite elaborate isn't it? >> it is. i think it is so unjust to criticize our u.n. ambassador who has done an extraordinary job. marshaled the most biting sanctions against iran in history. for relying on what the intelligence community said was their best assessment of the situation. if she had departed from that, if she had speculated on her own about who was involved, then she would have been open to real criticism. would have been attacked for deviating from what the intelligence committee told her. >> stephanie: general petraeus said what was in there was in there because you don't want to tip off terrorist groups. it was classified, some of the information. >> exactly. >> stephanie: maybe i'm missing something representative. what is the controversy? why -- and then general petraeus, as we know, is a republican appointed by a republican president and has been a hero to the right. john mccai
general petraeus when he was running the cia and his involvement with it. it's ridiculous. ambassador rice made it clear in terms of where she got the talking points from. the republicans in the senate want to attack the white house, want to attack rice. they don't want her to be secretary of state. they don't want to say a word about the intelligence community. i say rice was right to fire back. they should push back. it should be just as aggressive in terms of laying out this is where we got the information from. and even condoleezza rice on fox news said, look, in this kind of situation, you get tons of information and it is always evolving and changing. >> so, caden, is roland right or is senator mccain right? is there more there there? >> i think roland is wrong. let's look at senator graham from south carolina also. if you know his history and senator graham's history, once they dig in, they're not going to quit. what they're looking for is the truth. they've asked for a special prosecutor. eric holder and his own appointees look at this. we have a history here. look. go back to scoo
trump the cia, especially if the president says to him, i am not suggesting he did, but he could have, look, we need to clean this up a little bit. we are doing really well. it is about time for the election and we are doing well for national security and this could blow our cover. thank you for joining us, sir. >> thank you. >> thank you, stewart. >> if you are flying home for the holidays, you could be spreading something else. >>> they are scary, unwanted, uninvited, and i am not just talking about your in-laws flying into the town for the holidays. i am talking about the germs on planes. theythey are not just in the bathroom. he is known as dr. jerl and has been looking into this. i always thought the dirtest place on the plane is the bath m rue. it is, isn't it? >> oh yes, it is probably the germiest bathroom you will ever go into in your life. >> am i right that you found e-coli on the handles to the sink in lavatories on 41% of flights? that sounds serious to me. >> yes you would be amazed. there is 50 people per toilet on an airplane. it is difficult to wash your hand. the sin
by the intelligence community. former cia director david petraeus told closed intelligence hearings last friday that the intelligence community knew almost immediately that it was a terrorist attack that had little to do with a video even though he told lawmakers on september 14th that a video had sparked the attack. >> when discussing the attacks against our facilities in benghazi, i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. >> reporter: senator john mccain and others would like for james clapper to return to capitol hill to explain why he told them that he did not know who changed the intelligence talking points. sean turner says it clapper's on agency. >> she made these statements last night, the eve of thanksgiving, people are cooking, why are we just now hearing from her ten weeks after the attack? >> reporter: essentially, because it's increasingly clear that the president wants to nominate her to be his next secretary of sta
what happened in benghazi. went out and talked about a youtube video and you have the head of the cia david petraeus saying it was clearly a terrorist attack. the white house did her in more than anyone else. >> but wasn't it her job in this case to go out and relay what the intelecommunity told her. that is the intelligence she was provided. james clapper changed that al-qaida reference to extremist and david petraeus did not speak about susan rice and tell her what he thought. i don't know why that didn't happen. wasn't it her job to relay what they told her? >> i think susan rice needs to relay was she talking to the white house political shop and who supplied her with all of the talking points and you all know and i know that when you do the sunday shows, you are talking to the communications and political folks. i am sure she had an intelligence briefing but they are communication functions and who was involved in that and what was the push and talking points there? what happened in reality was night and day from what show said. >> president obama came out and defended her. if yo
an hour with ambassador rice and the acting director of the cia, the controversy over benghazi just got worse. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get concerning evidence that was overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate. >> not only is the information bad, and i'm more convinced than ever that this it was bad, it ws unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. >> reporter: the meeting, called at the request of ambassador rice, brought together the three senators, we saw them arriving at the capitol hill visitor' center earlier today after that meet ambassador rice could not adequately explain her comments about benghazi given she had access to both classified and unclassified information. >> when you're an ambassador to the united nations, you go well beyond unclassified talking points in your daily preparation and responsibilities for that job. >> reporter: as for whether they can support any possible promotion of rice, the senates said they wan
to go after the u.n. ambassador for not probing the intelligence that was given to her by the cia. after all, let's not forget that the director of the cia himself at the time as well as the director of national intelligence, the top intelligence officials of the nation both believed when she went on the talk shows, they believe it began as a protest. the intelligence community was wrong. i hardly think it's fair to suggest she had better information than the head of the cia. >> for some reason susan rice is having a hard time convincing senators of the point she made. she met with susan colins of maine considered a moderate who said she would have trouble supporting susan rice if she's nominated as secretary of state. to get her through you need five republican votes. if you don't have susan collins, who are you going to get? >> hopefully we would have susan colin ifs the president nominates the ambassador. senator collins has not said she would oppose the nomination. she said she want wants more information. i agree with the white house. there isn't likely to be a change in the fact he
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is that there were witnesses from the state department, the cia, and the defense department and senator lieberman believes that military assets were not close and part of this back and forth in washington over budget cuts is to blame. >> this really goes to the budget debates that are going on now. because the american military is stretched. >> other critics question whether the administration's pivot to asia had an impact with benghazi simply put that these assets were just too far out of the way. the defense department has said repeatedly they moved what they had as quickly as they could that night, shep. >> shepard: catherine herridge in washington. well, the u.s. could transfer all of the detainees at guantanamo bay here to the united states without jerp could i jeopardizing national security at all. that's the word from the head of the senate intelligence committee. the california democrat dianne feinstein said she asked the government accountability office to look into whether american prisons would handle detainees and she says the answer jevment gao report makes clear prison does exist in
troubled today, knowing -- having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice, because it's certainly clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to al qaeda were involved in the attack on the embassy. and clearly the impression that was given, the information given to the american people, was wrong. in fact, ambassador rice said today, absolutely it was wrong. i don't understand the cia said clearly that that information was wrong. >> dana bash, let me bring you in, senior congressional correspondent, i think i saw you in the crush of reporters earlier today on the hill. set me straight. heading into this closed door meeting, the story was the senators seemed to be -- or john mccain seemed to be backing off some of the criticism of ambassador rice, and in listening to that stakeout and the three senators i'm hearing words like troubled and failed and bad. what happened in the meeting? >> reporter: well, the reason i'm told that they did soften the rhetoric and they did going into this meeting is because susan rice requested a meeting and the senators said t
in the intelligence-gathering field at the cia where, quite literally -- >> i do not want to go too far. i want to talk to a little bit about the role of cable television, for which you touched on before. in a recent interview with bill o'reilly of a fox, you said making it difficult if not impossible for congress to reach across the aisle and find compromise. you also wrote, not good for the republic. what you mean. >> this goes back. it is a continuation of the same thing. in addition to demonstrating that network news divisions can make money, there was a technological explosion. it wasn't just the three networks anymore. you have cable, satellite television, and the internet. now there are hundreds, even thousands of competitors out there. what is incredibly cheap to put on the air is a couple of people like you and me just yelling at each other. at talking. what draws an audience is when, in fact, we disagree. when, in fact, we get nasty with one another. what rupert murdoch's demonstrated is that there really was a hunger in america for something that was less liberal than what the networ
with former cia director david petraeus is in talks with the high-profile communications firm. this is video of paula broadwell at her home in north carolina which is now constantly surrounded by photographers and reporters. reportedly broadwell has hired the communications firm glover, park, group to represent her. anonymous e-mails that broadwell sent to jill kelley, the woman in florida, prompted an fbi investigation that exposed broadwell's affair with petraeus who has since resigned. >>> and we're hearing the twin sister of jill kelley has hired celebrity attorney gloria allred to represent her. aim red has scheduled a -- aim red has scheduled a news conference with natalie khawam today. it is unclear exacty why allred is representing her but she's had legal issues in the past including a child custody fight with her ex-husband. >>> 7:17. we have new information back here at home about a kidnapping case, one that started in walnut creek earlier this month. pg&e now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. now, the victim was a pg&e contract employee. 57-year-old w
that. then they call back later and say, forget that, it was us, it was the cia. >> it's like the keystone cops. in the wizard of oz goes the scarecrow goes like this. which way did it go. each pointing in another direction. whether it's the keystone cops and it's shear incompetence, or something else is going on here to me as an american it's not -- we don't even knotphao*eub was e f.b.i. wasn't on site for three weeks. megyn: great to see you. dick durbin will talk about income dave repbgsin differentials in this country. we'll talk about it. megyn: some are calling it the scariest prank ever but it also may be the funnist. however, in between the laughs and the gasps are horror there is a real question about whether this brazilian tv show crossed a legal line with its ghost in an elevator prank. watch. ♪ [screaming] [laughter] megyn: everyone here thinks it's funny, but the question is, is it legal? there could be potential liability here, and we will debate it in today's "kelly's court," i'm taking your tweets on it, follow me@megyn kelly in between now and the court. th
in the intelligence field, at the cia. where quite literally -- >> i don't want to go too far there. we're -- i want to talk to you about the role of cable television. which you touched on before. in a recent interview with bill o'reilly of fox, you've derided ideological coverage of the news, bad for america, you said, making it difficult if not impossible for congress to reach across the aisle and find compromise. you also wrote an op-ed piece, this is not good for the republic. what do you mean? >> what i mean, and this goes back, it's really a continuation of the same thing. i mean, first of all, in addition to demonstrating the network news divisions could make money, there was a technological explosion. wasn't just the three networks anymore. now you had cable. you have satellite television, the internet. so now there are quite literally hundreds, even thousands of competitors out there. what is incredibly cheap to put on the air is a couple of people like you and me just going at each other, right? talking. what draws an audience is when, in fact, we disagree. when, in fact, we get nasty with
is more, the military and military operations are being launched on the basis of drone of attacks, cia operatives, special operations forces out in the field, and all of that back by a civilian employees, civilian contractors, and we know next to nothing about what is being done by any of these groups. >> because the reporting is not been done? >> welle, it is because we have found the american public will not stand for a draft and the professional military was not enough to fight all over the world. we have been focused on iraq and afghanistan. we actually believe that all the troops are coming back from afghanistan. i will tell you here and now that is not going to happen. we will still have u.s. troops in afghanistan one year from now two years from now, five years from now. where is the press? obviously, these are not issues that the people who run on these programs today -- >> why not? >> because they do not draw an audience. what draws an audience is charlie sheen. what draws an audience is people yelling at each other. it is not enough to say these issues are important. if we ac
that it was a terrorist attack. i didn't need the c.i.a. to tell me that. i just used my common sense to figure it out. rocket propelled hand grenade, mortars, happens on september 11. obviously a well executed plan. to buy that story, you got to be -- >> steve: but it was before the election. >> you're either incompetent if you buy that story or putting out a political line at a time when people should be telling the truth. >> alisyn: the white house says it only changed one word in the talking points, changed it to be more technically katy from consulate to -- >> here is the issue, do we want a secretary of state that would buy that? do we want a secretary of state that actually believes that this was a spontaneous demonstration when there were hand propelled grenades, mortars, obviously planned in advance, well executed. >> alisyn: who do you think changed the talking points? >> i think we'll find that out over a period of a long, long time. you're also going to nominate somebody for secretary of state who is under investigation. >> brian: during the holidays people are really worried as they hand
militants were handled over to libyan authorities the nights of the attack according to sources at the cia annex but we never heard what happened to them nor were they ever apparently questioned by the fbi. in tunisia where the one suspects linked to the benghazi attacks is in prison, two tunisians in prison for their role on a second attack died in custody this week. we asked the state department if they were concerned about the safety of the suspected benghazi attacker and did not receive any answer. in fact they did not appear to know anything about the deathr death in the tunisian prison. >> when we come back, a developing story proving holiday travel can be dangerous. there is a pileup in texas that involved 140 different vehicles. there may still be people trapped in their vehicles. heather: rising food prizes may have you paying for. but some analysts say you should be thankful while you can because next year can be even worse. >> here in afghanistan i would like to give a shoutout to my mother, happy thanksgiving, i love, mom, and i wish the best of luck to everyone in savannah, ge
personnel could go locate to the annex cia outpost if the environment degraded suddenly. there were agreement to formal weekly meetings to the discuss the security environment. in the longer term wee, believe the formal colocation with the annex will greatly improve the situation. state department pending their own internal investigation which we now expect to be completed by the middle of december, jon. jon: lots of questions left to answer. catherine herridge thank you. >> reporter: you're welcome. jenna: the latest on the plans for u.s. troop withdrawal from ban began in 2014. the white house and the pentagon must gauge the best strategy moving for as the afghans position to provide the bulk of security. one plan will rely on special forces to keep up the pressure on terrorists that is only one plan. jennifer griffin live at the pentagon with more details. jennifer? >> reporter: hi, jenna. it is not surprising now that the election is over we're starting to hear plans floated through the press what the u.s. military commitment wit look like post-2014 in afghanistan. u.s. dip low
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